This sign has been here since the late 60’s and was made by Paul Bryan Couch.

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Bethany Cemetery

Bethany Cemetery is a small cemetery right off HWY 54 in Louisiana on HWY UU. It has over 280 people laid to rest and a little over half of the cemetery’s 32 lots are occupied. We have 47 people that are buried here and we do not have any record of where they are laid to rest. This is because our plat-book has been missing and we have yet to retreive it. These poor souls have no tombstones that we can find. Please help us on our mission to find the plat-book and get them the memorial stones they deserve. Our annual donations barely cover lawn maintenance so we are doing our best to raise funds for the necessary repairs and upgrades our cemetery needs. Please consider a donation… no amount is too big or too small!


Get your shirt to show your support, and help bring awareness to our missing plat-book mystery. With your help we may be able to one day honor these lost souls and their final resting place.

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Projects Underway!

The Bethany Cemetery Board has been working hard to get some much needed projects taken care of within the cemetery including a new fence and laying gravel for our families to easily visit their friends and family laid to rest here. Ed Kerns with Kerns Construction has been contracted to do the dirt work necessary…

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Witching & Searching…

On August 21st, a cool summer Saturday morning, I met with other cemetery enthusiasts, My dad, Terry Burnett, Audrey Jones, and George VanMeter. We worked to try to locate any sunken stones in the areas where we suspected some of our “missing family” to be laid to rest. We probed and dug! Unfortunately we only…

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Lost Souls T-Shirt Fundraiser

Well, we ARE seeking them… and we need the communities help in raising awareness to our missing plat book mystery! $25 Each – Orders Due July 1st The Bethany Cemetery Association (Louisiana, MO) is searching for our missing plat-book. Without it, there are nearly 50 souls laid to rest within the cemetery with no stone…

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Clean up day recap

Good afternoon Bethany Family! We had a nice day on Saturday for our clean up day! Myself, Gary Roberts and my dad Terry Burnett were all in attendance. The boys were picking up trash and cleaning up old grave décor when I arrived. We also cleaned up around some graves where bushes and perennials were…

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Bethany Cemetery Clean Up Day!

Good Morning Bethany Family! Just a friendly reminder that we will have our Clean up day on Saturday May 22 (next weekend) at 1pm! Please let me know if you plan to attend. Things suggested to bring/projects: Shovels Soft bristle brushes 5 gallon bucket for water Weed eaters Limb trimmers Wire for mending fence If…

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Our Long Term Goals

  1. Find the PLAT-BOOK and get our “missing people” memorial stones.
  2. Create a website and log all tombstones. DONE!
  3. Input all of our information and grave photos on findagrave.com. DONE!
  4. Work on finding suspected locations of our 47 missing people by doing family research. DONE!As much as we could find, anyway!
  5. Create a Welcome Display Board for cemetery info and map of those laid to rest here. DONE!
  6. Do annual fundraisers to help raise more funds for projects. Our first one was a success!
  7. Get gravel roads laid within the cemetery. ALMOST DONE!
  8. Install new fencing on the highway side of the cemetery. We have the fencing, now just need help getting it installed!
  9. Get all sections within the cemetery marked off for ease of grave digging.
  10. Add benches in areas for visitors.
  11. Plant flowers and/or bushes around our Welcome display board.
  12. Work on resetting some stones that need re-leveled.
  13. Register the cemetery as a non-for-profit.